Ernest "Bass" Hill
Ernest "Bass" Hill (March 14, 1900, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – September 16, 1964, New York City) was an American jazz double-bassist.
Hill played from 1924 with Claude Hopkins, and remained with him on a tour of Europe with Josephine Baker the following year. Hill and Hopkins collaborated numerous times over the next few years and again in the 1940s. In 1928 he played with Leroy Smith & His Orchestra and Bill Brown & His Brownies, and worked in the Eugene Kennedy Orchestra the next year. In the 1930s he played with Willie Bryant, Bobby Martin's Cotton Club Serenaders, Benny Carter, Chick Webb, Rex Stewart, and Hot Lips Page.
Hill was in Europe in the late 1930s when he fled to Switzerland at the outbreak of World War II. There he played with Mac Strittmacher before returning to the United States in 1940. Following this he played with Maurice Hubbard, Hopkins again, Zutty Singleton, Louis Armstrong (1943), Cliff Jackson, Herbie Cowens, and Minto Kato. In 1949 he returned to Europe, where he played in Switzerland and Italy with Bill Coleman and then in Germany with Big Boy Goudie until 1952.
Upon his return he worked in New York City with Happy Caldwell, Henry Morrison, and Wesley Fagan. He worked in the musicians' union in the last decade of his life.
Birth and Death Data: Born March 14th, 1900 (Pittsburgh), Died September 16th, 1964 (New York City)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1933 - 1949
Roles Represented in DAHR: string bass
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Columbia||W265156||10-in.||10/10/1933||Blue interlude||Chocolate Dandies||instrumentalist, string bass|
|Columbia||W265157||10-in.||10/3/1933||I never knew-1||Chocolate Dandies||instrumentalist, string bass|
|Columbia||W265158||10-in.||10/10/1933||Once upon a time-1||Chocolate Dandies||instrumentalist, string bass|
|Columbia||W265159||10-in.||10/3/1933||Krazy kapers||Chocolate Dandies||instrumentalist, string bass|
|Decca||69365||10-in.||6/13/1941||Do you dig my jive?||Sam Price and his Texas Bluesicians||instrumentalist, string bass|
|Decca||69366||10-in.||6/13/1941||I know how to do it||Sam Price and his Texas Bluesicians||instrumentalist, string bass|
|Decca||69367||10-in.||6/13/1941||Valetta||Sam Price and his Texas Bluesicians||instrumentalist, string bass|
|Decca||69368||10-in.||6/13/1941||Boogie woogie man||Sam Price and his Texas Bluesicians||instrumentalist, string bass|
|Decca||75223||9/2/1949||Leaning on the Lord||Ethel Davenport||instrumentalist, string bass|
|Decca||75224||9/2/1949||I will wait till my change come||Ethel Davenport||instrumentalist, string bass|
|Decca||75225||9/2/1949||Only a look||Ethel Davenport||instrumentalist, string bass|
|Decca||75226||9/2/1949||Dig a little deeper in God's love||Ethel Davenport||instrumentalist, string bass|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Hill, Ernest "Bass"," accessed February 25, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/321323.
Hill, Ernest "Bass". (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved February 25, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/321323.
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